North Carolina is home to a population whose Protestant makeup far exceeds national averages. While 26% of the country identifies as evangelical Protestant, 41% of North Carolinians do. There are a greater percentage of mainline Protestants — 21% to 18% — and historically black Protestants — 13% to 7% — in North Carolina than in the country as a whole.
Conversely, the state is home to far fewer Catholics than the country as a whole, with only 9% of the state population identifying as Catholic compared to 24% nationwide. Regardless of denomination, North Carolinians are more religious than the country as a whole: 81% believes in God with absolute certainty, compared to 71% nationwide; 69% believe religion is “very important” in their lives compared to 56% nationwide; and 49% attend a religious service at least once a week, compared to 39% nationwide.
Education in North Carolina
Of North Carolina’s 52 private, non-profit, degree-granting institutions, 38 are Christian colleges. Christian colleges in North Carolina come in a wider range of denominations and sizes than the offerings in most states, from Methodist-affiliated Duke University in Durham to smaller Salem College, which is affiliated with the Moravian Church. North Carolina Christian colleges are designed to cater to students of not only a variety of faiths but with a variety of academic and extracurricular desires, and in locations across the state.
North Carolina’s college enrollment increase from 2005 to 2010 was 21%, putting it slightly above the national average of 20.2%, and the state is now home to more than 585,000 college students. North Carolina’s six-year college graduation rate of 59.1% exceeds the national average of 56%, which is a good sign for a state whose population is slightly less educated than the national average — while 28% of Americans have a bachelor’s degree or higher, 26.2% of North Carolinians do. North Carolina is an especially good place to study life sciences, as the field receives more than 75% of schools’ research funding.
Working in North Carolina
North Carolina expects to see employment growth of 11.3% from 2010 to 2020, with certain careers and industries seeing growth far beyond average. The field that will see the most growth is life sciences — fitting, given where the state’s colleges’ research funding goes — with growth of 21.5%. Within the life sciences field, medical scientists can expect 53.4% growth, and biochemists and biophysicists can expect 45.7% growth.
Other fields expecting high growth include medical practitioners and technicians, at 18.6%; those in education, training, and library professions, at 18.3%; legal occupations, at 17.4%; and business and financial fields, at 16.6%.
Students enrolled in colleges in North Carolina may prepare themselves for the state’s future workforce by earning a degree in biochemistry, nursing, education, law, or finance. While such degrees are available at both public and private universities, students who attend Christian colleges have benefits those who attend public colleges may not: the ability to major in ministry or theology, education with a Christian perspective, and opportunities to develop Christian leadership skills. To find the Christian college in North Carolina that’s right for you, search our list below.